Wood flooring : a complete guide to layout, installation & by Charles Peterson

By Charles Peterson

Point out hardwood flooring and watch a homebuyer's eyes remove darkness from. What makes wooden floors so fascinating? Hardwood flooring are unequalled for his or her good looks, toughness, and simplicity of upkeep, so it is no shock that the call for for hardwood has regularly been powerful. in recent times that call for has been fueled via the provision of extra different types of wooden, together with unique species reminiscent of Brazilian cherry, in addition to engineered woods. This professional-level source covers each point of putting in residential wood floors - from estimating and getting ready the task web site, via sanding and completing, to upkeep and upkeep. Hardwood flooring specialist Charles Peterson covers all of it during this imperative consultant to the preferred floor selection round

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Moisture Meters In my opinion, the flooring tool that ranks next in importance after safety gear is the humble moisture meter. What I said earlier bears repeating: Moisture causes most wood flooring problems. Installing wood flooring without knowing the moisture content (MC) of the building and the flooring is like driving a car blind—eventually, a crash is inevitable. The only questions are when and how bad. The relationship between wood and moisture is the most important aspect of wood science relating to wood flooring.

Vapor retarders can come on a roll such as tarpaper does, or they can be trowel-applied liquids. 7 and no more than 50 for vapor retarders used between wood flooring and wooden subflooring. Vapor retarders with too low a perm rating can cause problems by stopping moisture and allowing it to condense on the subfloor. 06 over 3⁄4 -in. 49), moisture could be trapped between the plastic sheet and the top of the wooden subfloor causing possible mold or rot. On the other hand, red rosin paper has a perm rating over 100 and provides no moisture protection.

Glasses with anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings are available. You can even buy prescription safety glasses through your eye doctor and from several online sources. 34 Wood Flooring Lung protection Sanding and finishing wood flooring exposes you to fine dust particles and chemicals that attack your lungs. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists recognizes wood dust as a human carcinogen. The size of the dust is important. Dust particles 10 microns in diameter and larger are likely trapped and expelled by the hairs and mucous of your upper respiratory system.

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